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Am I making a mistake going into lawn care?

snippy

LawnSite Member
Location
Adelaide
Hi folks, I would like to work for myself and want to get into the whole gardening scene but I see a lot of other operators in my area, am I wasting my time, is the industry at saturation point, can it handle another operater?
I want to do residential only and have all new equiptment and a trailer lined up which I will pay cash for, so I wont have any debt hanging over my head, is it worth it?
 

FFMED74

LawnSite Member
Location
Indiana
I say yes it is worth it. If this is something you like try it for a season or two, but know that there is really a lot a work out there, just don't try and go low on your bids, that hurts all those other guys out there and drives the market down. Make sure you get insured though, protects you and your customer, plus it , I feel, gives some crediblity to your biz. Just my opinion.
 

goodbeus

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Jax., Fl.
You need to go work for someone for at least 6 months...you'll find out if this is what you want to do...it will give you a good foundation as well...to many guys buy all their equipment and then get out of it a few months later...wasted time and money...
 
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snippy

snippy

LawnSite Member
Location
Adelaide
Thanks for the encouragement, I am really amazed at the level of satisfaction the posters here seem to have with their lawn and garden ventures. Mostly you seem to be very happy with your chosen proffesion, and hardly have a bad word to say about it.
 

A-1 Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
Originally posted by snippy
Hi folks, I would like to work for myself and want to get into the whole gardening scene but I see a lot of other operators in my area, am I wasting my time, is the industry at saturation point, can it handle another operater?
I want to do residential only and have all new equiptment and a trailer lined up which I will pay cash for, so I wont have any debt hanging over my head, is it worth it?
 

A-1 Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
We have made the commentment also! Have spent nearley $10000 with only two cust. We will get more because we made the commentment now.We were retired!!!!!! so much for that now. Have gone to new equp.like Scag and echo and Honda
GOOD luck!!!!
 

grasssin

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
War Eagle!!
Dont you think that is the way in ANY business you get into? If you start an insurance company for instance, it is not like you are the first to do it. You just have to be better than everyone else, remeber it is all in the details..
 
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